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Principal Investigator

Sarah Hamer

Sarah A. Hamer

Richard Schubot Endowed Chair and Director of the Schubot Avian Health Center

Associate Professor of Epidemiology

shamer@cvm.tamu.edu

Associate Wildlife Biologist ®

Diplomate of the American College Veterinary Preventive Medicine, 2016
DVM, Michigan State Univ., 2011
PhD, Michigan State Univ., 2010, Fisheries & Wildlife; Ecology, Evol. Biology & Behavior
MS, Univ. of Illinois, 2003, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
BS, Univ. of Illinois, 2001, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

I am a veterinary ecologist specializing in wildlife and zoonotic disease ecology and epidemiology.  My research originates at the intersection of ecology, epidemiology, and conservation, and encompasses diverse taxa (bacteria, ticks, mosquitoes, birds, mice, dogs, humans, and more).  Given the emergence of pathogens shared by humans and animals, this is an important time to utilize multidisciplinary tools to improve human, animal, and ecosystem health.

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Research Staff

Lisa Auckland

Lisa Auckland

Research Associate

lauckland@cvm.tamu.edu

979-458-4924

Rachel Curtis

Rachel Curtis-Robles PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

rcurtis@cvm.tamu.edu


Jillian Wormington

Jillian Wormington MS PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

jwormington@cvm.tamu.edu


Visit Jillian's website here.

Sujata Balasubramanian MS PhD

Associate Research Scientist


Carolyn Hodo

Carolyn Hodo DVM PhD DACVP

Postdoctoral Research Associate

chodo@cvm.tamu.edu

Visit Carolyn's website here.




Graduate Students

Alyssa Meyers

Alyssa Meyers

PhD Student (Biomedical Sciences with Epidemiology Emphasis)

ameyers@cvm.tamu.edu

NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Dissertation: Canine Chagas disease epidemiology

Italo Zecca

Italo Zecca MPH

PhD Student (Biomedical Sciences with Epidemiology Emphasis)

ibzecca@cvm.tamu.edu

CVM Diversity Fellow in Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences

Dissertation: Trypanosoma cruzi transmission dynamics across diverse socioeconomic and biologic landscapes

Justin Bejcek

Justin Bejcek

MS in Veterinary Public Health- Epidemiology

jbejcek13@tamu.edu

Thesis: Triatomine identification and outreach



Non-Thesis Graduate Students

Bailee Ethridge

Bailee Ethridge

Non-thesis MS in Veterinary Public Health-Epidemiology

Lauren Schwerdfeger

Lauren Schwerdfeger

Dual Degree: DVM and non-thesis MS-Veterinary Public Health-Epi

Veterinary Student and Resident Researchers

Elise Birkner

Elise Birkner

Vet Student Research Assistant

Julia Purnell

Julia Purnell

Vet Student Research Assistant

Undergraduate Students

Keswick Killets

Keswick Killets

Undergraduate researcher

Roukaya Mabizari

Roukaya Mabizari

Undergraduate researcher- vector colony maintenance

Jose Silva

Jose Silva

Undergraduate researcher

Cassidy Gillum

Cassidy Gillum

Undergraduate researcher

Previous Lab Members

Previous Graduate Students

Jaime Rodriguez

Jaime Rodriguez

MS Wildlife and Fisheries Science, 2014. Co-advised by Dr. Jessica Light.

Currently MD student at UT-Southwestern

TAMU Diversity Fellow

Lowell Pigott

Lowell Pigott

Non-thesis MS in Veterinary Public Health, 2014

Currently DVM Student at Western University of Health Sciences.

Katlyn Rosenbaum

Katlyn Rosenbaum

Non-thesis MS in Veterinary Public Health, 2015

Currently DVM student at Texas A&M University

Chelsea Young

Chelsea Young

Non-thesis MS in Veterinary Public Health- Epidemiology 2016

Currently DVM student at Texas A&M University
Miranda Bertram

Miranda Bertram DVM PhD

PhD in Biomedical Science- Epidemiology, 2016

CVM Merit Fellow
Dissertation: Whooping crane conservation medicine
Currently postdoctoral researcher at the USDA Plum Island Disease Research Center

Rachel Curtis

Rachel Curtis-Robles PhD

PhD in Biomedical Science- Epidemiology, 2016

NSF Graduate Research Fellow
CVM Merit Fellow
Dissertation: Eco-epidemiology of Chagas disease in Texas
Currently: Postdoctoral researcher in Hamer Lab
Carolyn Hodo

Carolyn Hodo DVM DACVP PhD

PhD in Veterinary Pathobiology, 2017

Co-advisor: Dr. Jane Welsh
NIH T32 Research Fellow 2014-2017
Dissertation: Mammalian reservoirs of Trypanosoma cruzi.
Currently: Postdoctoral researcher in Hamer Lab

Previous Veterinary and Public Health Students

Trevor Tenney

Trevor Tenney

Vet Med Summer Research Training Program 2013

Reseach project: shelter dogs and vector-borne pathogens

Katlin Johnson

Katlin Johnson

Vet Med Summer Research Training Program 2013

Research project: Molecular diagnostics of Trypanosoma cruzi infections

Juliette Comeaux

Juliette Comeaux

DVM Student Researcher 2014-2015

Research project: Trypanosoma cruzi in feral swine

Alan Mai

Alan Mai

MPH Student Researcher 2014-2015

Practicum topic: Blood meal analysis of kissing bugs.

Nicole Bertolini

Nicole Bertolini

Vet Med Summer Research Training Program 2015

Research project: Rattus rattus in the ecology of Chagas disease

Chloe Goodwin

Chloe Goodwin

Vet Med Summer Research Training Program 2015

Research project: Bat reservoirs of diverse trypanosomes

Jessica Noll

Jessica Noll

Visiting Brazilian DVM student 2015

Brazil Scientific Mobility Program

Usman Ghumman

Usman Ghumman MD

MPH Student Researcher Spring 2016

Practicum topic: Analysis of medical records of working dogs

Rosa Banuelos

Rosa Banuelos

Vet Med Summer Research Training Program 2016

Research project: Cardiac pathology in wild coyotes

Elise Birkner

Elise Birkner

Vet Med Summer Research Training Program 2016

Research project: Wildlife reservoirs of T. cruzi at a nonhuman primate facility
Bhagath Chirra

Bhagath Chirra MPH

PhD student in Health Science Center

Practicum project: Next generation sequence analysis of triatomine bloodmeals

Valery Roman-Cruz

Valery Roman-Cruz MPH

Research Assistant

VRoman-Cruz@cvm.tamu.edu

979-458-4924

Megan Ellis

Megan Ellis

Vet Med Summer Research Training Program 2017, Home Institution CSU

Research project: Cardiac ECG abnormalities in canine Chagas disease
Sarah Slack

Sarah Slack

Vet Med Summer Research Training Program 2017

Research project: Feral cats and urban opossums in the ecology of Trypanosoma cruzi.
Julia Purnell

Julia Purnell

Vet Med Summer Research Training Program 2017

Research project: Genetic strain variation of T. cruzi
Erin Edwards

Erin Edwards

Pathology Resident Research 2016-2017

Previous Undergraduates

  • Adrian Castellanos

    Wildlife and Fisheries Science
    2012-2013
  • Frida Cano

    Entomology
    2013-2014
  • Mathew Olcha

    Biomedical Sciences
    2013
  • Tyler Smith

    Forensics
    2013
  • Michael Sanders

    Entomology
    2013-2014
  • Taylor Hollmann

    Biomedical Sciences
    2014
  • Katelyn Wagner

    Wilidife and Fisheries, MSU
    2013-2014
  • Erica Holcomb

    Biomedical Sciences
    2013-2014
  • Zeb Thomas

    Entomology
    2013-2014
  • Sarah Noe

    Biomedical Sciences
    2014
  • Ryan Pugh

    Business
    2014
  • Faith Weeks

    Biomedical Sciences
    2014
  • Connor Grantham

    Biomedical Sciences
    2014
  • Lauren Russell

    Genetics
    2014
  • Chris Beck

    Biomedical Sciences
    2014-2015
  • Angela Atkins

    Biomedical Sciences
    2014-2015
  • Chelsea Lindsay

    Biomedical Sciences
    2015
  • Amani Bourji

    Tick Research Assistant
    2015-2016
  • Adam Curtis

    Engineering
    2013-2017